Livestock Siting

The Livestock Facility Siting Law consists of a state statute (s. 93.90) and administrative rule (ATCP 51) that establish state standards and procedures local governments must use if they choose to require conditional use or other permits for siting new and expanded livestock operations. The siting statute affects local ordinances that require conditional use or other similar permits, but does not affect other ordinances such as shoreland and flood plainzoning. The statute limits the exclusion of livestock facilities from agricultural zoning districts. It also created the Livestock Facility Siting Review Board to hear appeals concerning local permit decisions.

The law is implemented by local governments. Provisions of the siting law can be incorporated into local ordinance at any time. ATCP 51 became effective on May 1, 2006 and existing ordinances had to be revised by November 1, 2006 to been forceable, or to keep a permit threshold lower than 500 animal units. Local governments must use the application worksheets in the rule to determine if a proposed facility meets these standards:

  • Property line and road setbacks
  • Management and training plans
  • Odor management
  • Nutrient management
  • Manure storage facilities
  • Runoff management

Local Ordinances Incorporating Wisconsin’s Livestock Facility Siting Law - Interactive Map

Use this interactive web mapping tool to identify if a local government has a zoning or licensing ordinance that requires permit approval to expand or build a new livestock facility. Local governments (mostly counties and towns) have the option to require a “siting” permit. Ordinances that require a siting permit must follow the requirements of the Wisconsin Livestock Facility Siting Law and Rule (s. 93.90 and ATCP 51).

This interactive map is intended for general use to help you learn:

  • If a local government requires a permit
  • The animal unit (AU) threshold at which a permit is necessary, and
  • Contact information for local officials who can provide additional information about how to obtain a permit

This map is only as accurate as the information provided to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and may not be all inclusive. This map does not identify other local, state and federal regulations applicable to livestock operations. It only identifies whether a livestock facility siting permit is required by a local ordinance. Users should contact local governments to confirm current and specific regulations.

Open the web map application by clicking here, http://datcpgis.wi.gov/livestock.